Aw, fudge!

Reeses-Peanut-Butter-Cup-Fudge_Laurens-LatestThis week we celebrate National Fudge Day on June 16.

Here are some fun facts about fudge that you can memorize, and recite later to dazzle your friends:

The basics. The Foodimentary blog gives the official definition of fudge as a type of Western confectionery which is usually very sweet, and extremely rich. Fudge is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk and heating it to the soft-ball stage at 240 °F. You beat the molten mixture as it cools, and the resulting candy has that smooth, creamy fudge-like consistency.

If you ever go to the Iowa State Fair, or to the candy shop at any amusement park, (see Silver Dollar City video, below the jump),  you’ll know: confectioners (that’s a fancy name for candy-makers) make many different varieties and flavors of fudge, from peanut butter, to mint, to maple pecan, to …. chocolate.